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Possible Growth in Asian-American Representation in the Entertainment Industry

Ryan Beltran

Posted on April 30, 2021 15:17

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For years, Hollywood would cast Asian-Americans into stereotypical supporting roles. While it is still a struggle for Asian-Americans to find the right type of representation, the entertainment industry attempted to change this and erase these stigmas by producing more Asian stories and better leading roles for Asian actors over the past couple of years.

The trailer for the upcoming Marvel film Shang-Chi and The Legend of the The Rings came out this past week. It will be the first Marvel Studios production that will star an Asian male (Simu Liu) in a leading superhero role.

This isn’t the only film involving the Asian Community to come out in recent months as the movie “Boogie,” a sports drama film directed by Eddie Huang, came out a month ago which also starred another Asian-American actor (Taylor Takahashi) in a leading male role.

Throughout the years, Asians have been struggling to find a certain sense of respect within the mainstream media outlets in America. To add to that, many anti-Asian incidents have been reported in the headlines for the last couple of months as well. 

The relationship between Asia and the Coronavirus has contributed to assaults, remarks, serious injuries, and other violence against innocent Asiana and Asian-Americans.

It’s been a rough year for Asians living in places like America, but movies like Shang Chi or Boogie can mean something bigger for this demographic in the United States.

While there is still a struggle for mainstream acceptance of Asian-Americans in the entertainment industry, you can argue there has been a bit of an uptick in Asian representation in recent years that provide some optimism of progress.

Around three years ago, Crazy Rich Asians (2018) came out which sparked  hype for being one of the first major film productions to star an all Asian cast since the release of The Joy Luck Club in 1993.

It was a monumental production that provided some hope that Hollywood would try to produce similar stories and better roles for Asians.

Two years later, Parasite (2019) won the Best Picture in the 92nd Academy Awards and while it was a South Korean film, it still brought some representation to Asians in mainstream media.

Another example can be Minari (2020) which was just recently nominated for a Best Picture award in last week’s 93rd Academy Awards and also starred former Korean-American “Walking Dead” star Steven Yeun. While it didn’t win, Steven Yeun getting recognition in an acclaimed award show like the Academy’s displays possible progress of Asians in Hollywood moving up the ranks in the entertainment industry.

The foundation for Asian-Americans to succeed in Hollywood is really there and it is all about putting a better consistent effort to showcase more stories and roles for Asian actors, screenwriters, directors, and more. 

Ryan Beltran

Posted on April 30, 2021 15:17

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